Calvin and Hobbes — two Very Good Kitties — are back! They live with Michelle Knee, Software Test Pilot, who notes that they had their eighth birthday a few weeks ago:

I don’t think eight is old enough to use their middle names. Their first names are for youth (Calvin and Hobbes after the comic strip), and their middle names are for when they get older (Statler and Waldorf). Statler and Waldorf are the curmudgeonly muppets that sit in the balcony and heckle people.

We will celebrate by getting the feather wands out tonight and having a rousing play session which will thoroughly wear out Calvin as he goes all out to catch the feather and destroy it.

They are still the best of buds and would be lost without each other.

Michell writes, of this picture:

I interrupted a discussion they were having. Calvin is on the left and Hobbes on the right:

Calvin and Hobbes lying on the floor and looking up at the camera.

Of this picture, she says:

The boys are “helping” me with a project. Hobbes on the left and Calvin on the right:

Calvin and Hobbes lying on a blanket.

And, of this picture:

We tried a new toy filled with silver vine (stronger than catnip) and Calvin was all roly-poly. Hobbes (left) is just watching his brother go crazy:

Hobbes and and a slightly-blurry Calvin on the floor.